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Schiefer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a roofer, from Middle High German, Middle Low German schiver ‘slate’, ‘shingle’, German Schiefer ‘slate’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Schiffer, Schaefer, Schriefer, Scheuer, Schiefen, Schieber, Schleifer

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Where is the Schiefer family from?

You can see how Schiefer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schiefer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Schiefer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 49 Schiefer families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Schiefer's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Schiefer families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schiefer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schiefer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Schiefer. 26% of Schiefer men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Schiefer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schiefer were Truck Driver and Cashier.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Manager
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Cashier
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Schiefer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Schiefer. For the veterans among your Schiefer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schiefer lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Schiefer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Schiefer in 1950 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

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